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'Disturbing' Trend of Entrepreneurship Emerging Among Preteens

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In the era of Facebook bullying and rising obesity rates, yet another disturbing trend is emerging among the preteen set: entrepreneurship.

New Castle, N.Y., Councilman Michael Wolfensohn did his part to stem the tide recently when he took steps to shut down an illicit baked-goods outfit run by Chappaqua middle school students Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff.

Wolfensohn called the local police on the boys, complaining that they were flouting the law by selling home-baked cookies, cupcakes and brownies on town property without a license.

An officer arrived at the scofflaws’ stand in Gedney Park and apologetically sent the boys home, according to DeMarchis’ mother. Her son’s friend “was worried if he was going to get arrested or have a criminal record,” she told the Daily Record.

Recently bar-mitvahed, Graff may have been concerned that he and his accomplice could technically be tried as adults in some jurisdictions.

When reporters asked Wolfensohn why he opted not to handle the first-time offense more graciously, the Town Board member reportedly replied, “The police are trained to deal with these sorts of issues.”

The 13-year-old duo join prepubescent pumpkin-selling Idaho tax evaders Jacob and Sami-Lou Charais, and lemonade-pushing kingpin Julie Murphy of Oregon, in their blatant disregard for the rule of law.

Graff’s mother lamented that “some Town Board member decided to get on his high horse and wreck their dreams,” which were to sell the contraband for several years until they made enough money to start a restaurant.

What becomes of a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like an oatmeal-raisin cookie in the sun? "We were being entrepreneurs , but now I feel a little defeated," DeMarchis said.
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